Decision entity-ness: taking agency seriously in organizational decision-making studies

Eduardo Guedes Villar, Karina de Déa Roglio


Objective of the study: In this essay, we problematize the onto-epistemological assumptions of organizational decision-making theories, focusing on the concepts of action and decision.

Approach: Based on the epistemological perspective of transaction, we propose an understanding of decision as a relational element of action and in action, constructing an explanation supported on the relational ontological understanding of reality.

Originality/relevance:  We introduce the concept of decision entity-ness, based on relational sociology from the perspective of transaction and the idea of relational agency.

Main results: The concept of decision entity-ness allowed us to theoretically combine the processual and performative dimensions of organizational decision-making.

Theoretical contribution: As a contribution, we developed an original theoretical-explanatory framework that emphasizes decision, understanding it as an element that distinguishes organizations from other social systems.


Decision; Action; Agency; Transaction; Relational sociology.


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